This Rudyard Kipling story is a family entertainment classic and one of the great films set on the high seas. Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew), the spoiled son of a shipping magnate, falls overboard from a luxury liner and is picked up by a Nantucket fishing schooner. Aboard the schooner is a simple, honest, courageous Portuguese fisherman named Manuel, played expertly by Spencer Tracy in an Oscar-winning performance. Forced to earn his keep, Harvey's extended voyage and warm relationships with Manuel infuse him with a whole new set of life values.
1937 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
Spencer Tracy - Oscar winning american actor, BOYS TOWN
John Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
John Peter Richmond - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
Richmond Reed Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
Christian Rub - Character Actor/In USA
John Lee Mahin
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Lionel Barrymore - Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Lionel Blythe Barrymore - Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Walter Kingsford - British Character Actor
Marc Connelly - American Actor
Melvyn Douglas - American Actor
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg - American Actor
Mickey Rooney - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Joe Yule Jr. - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Mickey McGuire - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Leo G. Carroll - British Actor/"Mr. Waverly"
Elmo Vernon - Editor - Boys Town - 1930s
Victor Fleming - American director, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
Rudyard Kipling - English Author/Poet
Freddie Bartholomew - American Child Actor
Charles Trowbridge - American Character Actor
Charley Grapewin - American Character Actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Charles Grapewin - American Character Actor, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Dale Van Every - Producer\"Dr. Cyclops"
Franz Waxman - Film composer
Louis D. Lighton
Based on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel, cast with top-notch actors, and helmed by Victor Fleming, an A-list director at the height of his craft, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS is a golden-era classic. Freddie Bartholomew plays Harvey Cheyne, a wealthy, spoiled 12-year-old who falls overboard on his way to Europe. When he regains consciousness on a Gloucester fishing boat, the ship's captain (Lionel Barrymore) puts him to work next to his own son (Mickey Rooney). Harvey sulks at first, then begins a warm relationship with Manuel (Spencer Tracy), a simple Portuguese fisherman. Manuel and the other crew members teach Harvey about life at sea. In the process, he learns to care deeply for the experienced fisherman while becoming a valued crew member himself. But Harvey has one more lesson to learn before he is reunited with his father (Melvyn Douglas). The impact of Kipling's tale collides with Harold Rosson's gorgeous photography and the stellar ensemble troop to make this film a lasting favorite.
To capture background footage, director Victor Fleming sailed a double-masted schooner from Gloucester to Newfoundland and across the Panama Canal to Long Beach, California. The main action of the film, however, was shot along the California coast, requiring tanks of live cod to be shipped down from Washington. The film inspired a pair of technical innovations. Spray-proof lenses were created special for the film, along with a unique camera housing that kept the camera stable on the choppy seas. The main character, Harvey, is a 19-year-old boy in Rudyard Kipling's original novel. In the movie, he's changed to a 12-year-old. Songs include: "Ooh, What a Terrible Man," "Blow a Man Down," and "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?"